Meet Blake Matthews From Barbara DeLeo’s Dishing Up Desire and Giveaway!


Please welcome Barbara DeLeo back to the virtual offices!  She’s brought along a special guest this morning, so please give a big “Hello” to Blake Matthews, hero of Barbara’s latest Indulgence release Dishing up Desire.  After we get to know Blake better, please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Contract For Marriage!  You can also enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

[Barbara DeLeo] It’s great to be back at Manga Maniac Café. This time I’ve brought along Blake Matthews from my latest book, Dishing up Desire.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Hi, Blake! Can you describe yourself in five words or less.

[Blake Matthews] Ex-international model. Something to prove

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Blake Matthews?

[Blake Matthews] No such thing for me. I work with people to totally transform their image. That might be anything from helping an IT entrepreneur sharpen up his wardrobe to giving a politician a few lessons in subtlety and decorum. No two people are the same, so no two days are the same and I like it like that. At the moment I’m working with celebrity chef Kirin Hart to turn her homemaker image on its head and it’s not any easy ask.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Kirin?

[Blake Matthews] Stubborn, sexy, hurting

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?

[Blake Matthews] Kirin doesn’t know her own power. She’s built a cooking empire, she has a fan base of millions, and yet at her core she doesn’t trust that those people can see inside to the person she really is. It’s my job to marry the outside version that Kirin presents to the world, with the one that I know lies deep inside her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Blake Matthews] I’d push my brother away from the heater before he got burnt. Changing that moment in time wouldn’t have changed what I wanted to do with my life, but it sure has hell would’ve changed the raging need I have inside to prove everyone wrong.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you, Barbara and Blake!


[Barbara DeLeo] I have an e-copy of an earlier book, Contract for Marriage to give away to one lucky commenter, and at the end of my blog tour we’ll be drawing the name of one commenter from all of the blogs to win a deluxe “Dishing up Desire” chef’s apron and a $50 Amazon gift card!

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About the book:

Image consultant Blake Matthews is facing his toughest PR challenge yet: salvage the image of celebrity chef Kirin Hart. Once he does, he’ll be able to acquire LA’s most successful PR firm. But Kirin’s no easy fix. She’s stubborn about changing her comfortable homemaker image, and is being sued for sexual harassment by a junior staffer. She needs a PR lifeline fast. Only problem is Blake wants more than to make her over…

Kirin doesn’t need a makeover—her fans love her as she is. But she could lose everything if the sex scandal and reputation that has followed doesn’t get quashed right away. Kirin agrees to let model-perfect Blake work his magic for two weeks, but things get complicated when she can’t deny the way her body flares to life whenever he’s near.

About the author:

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.

She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.


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4 thoughts on “Meet Blake Matthews From Barbara DeLeo’s Dishing Up Desire and Giveaway!

  • July 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Love character interviews!

    Really enjoyed this book.

  • July 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    So glad you enjoyed Dishing up Desire, Karin! I love doing character interviews, especially when they’re such strong and clear (and yummo) characters as Blake is.

  • July 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Oh, Blake is delicious. I’m off to download this now. Great interview!

  • July 23, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Hayson, you have good taste! Blake sure is yummy.

    Thanks so much for downloading!

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